Tue 20/09/16

Found this rather nice moth today; small and fragile-looking in the body, but with a wingspan of a good couple of inches, this geometrid moth goes by the name of the willow beauty. Seems a bit of a flattering name for a moth that is arrayed in shades of brownish-grey to be honest, but there are a few similar species with similar names. The only other ‘beauty’ moth I think I have photographed though, is the oak beauty, which is quite different!

Willow beauty moth Peribatodes rhomboidaria
Willow beauty moth Peribatodes rhomboidaria

To complete my collection of plume moths for the year, overleaf is the beautiful plume moth Amblyptilia acanthadactyla. It is smaller than the other common varieties, and has this peculiar curled tail, like a scorpion, although absolutely non-harmful. Again, the name overstates it a bit, but it is still a very delicate and attractively-marked creature.

Above and below:  Beautiful plume moth Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Above and below: Beautiful plume moth Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Common plume moth Emmelina monodactyla with some kind of micromoth, quite possibly Pseudatemelia josephinae
Common plume moth Emmelina monodactyla with some kind of micromoth, quite possibly Pseudatemelia josephinae

And finally – here is a common plume moth Emmelina monodactyla with some kind of small micromoth – a closeup reveals it to be – a small light brown micromoth. I'm leaning towards Pseudatemelia josephinae for this one. I wonder which Josephine it was named after?

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